Worship – August 16th – Mama Bear

Welcome to Shepherd of the Hill’s online worship! We are thankful that you have come to this corner of the internet for some of God’s Word and time for reflection and worship. As you engage the below worship service, you are encouraged to quiet the world around you. Turn off or silence your phone. Find a quiet spot in your house or outdoors.

The service is approximately 30 minutes in length if you follow all the pieces. Songs have been contributed by our Worship Team and our traditional service pianist. Our lectors have recorded the readings. Pastor Adam has recorded a sermon for viewing. There is also liturgy (litanies, prayers, calls to worship) contained in the service. If you are worshiping with someone, please share the reading of these pieces with them.

A Call to Worship from Psalm 67

Holy are you, O God of grace and mercy.
May all the nations praise you, O God.
May all the nations of the earth joyfully
sing because God’s justice is supreme!

May the love that lights up the face of God
shine with favor upon us and bless us;
teaching us God’s way of living and loving
so that we may witness to that love and grace.

We gather to worship our wise and holy God.
We are in awe and revere you for your saving works.
We come together to seek your blessing, O God.
Praise be to our generous and just God.

Gathering Song – Healer of Our Every Ill
Lyrics can be found here.
Played by Donna Natseway

Gathering Prayer
May your ways be known throughout the earth,
your saving power among people everywhere.
  Psalm 67:2

Sojourning God,
we pray for Your companionship to be made known to us,
in times of ease and times of struggle.

Help us to hear the calls of the oppressed and the poor.
Guide us to live in ways that do not put our wants
above the needs of others.

Call us to heed the challenge of the prophets,
to step out in faith
and put our neighbors needs as important as our own.

In the name of Christ,
who loves us even when we try to walk away,
even when we think the sacrifice is too great,
and gives us renewed hope, we pray.

Scripture Readings

Reading – Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
The reading can be found here.
Read by Mike Scott

Reading – Psalm 67:1-7
The reading can be found here.
Read by Abbie Gonzales

Gospel Reading – Matthew 15:21-28
The reading can be found here.
Read by Peggy Lairmore

Pastor Adam’s Message – Mama Bear

Questions for Discussion:
When was a time in your life when you had to have someone speak on your behalf?

When was a time when you spoke on someone else’s behalf? How bold or fierce did you have to be?

Why do you think Jesus challenges the mother in this Gospel reading?

Where/when have you seen God’s love pushing your preconceived notions of the world and the people in it?

Centering Song – Christ Has Set Me Free
Played by SOTH Worship Team

Prayer of Intercession
(inspired by Matthew 15:21-28)

Gracious God,
as the Canaanite woman brought her daughter’s need to Jesus,
overcoming stigma and rejection to do so,
confident of your healing in her life,
we bring the needs of others in prayer:

Those for whom pain is a constant companion
Those who daily live with chronic illness or ill-health
Those who struggle with the confusion and distress of mental illness
Those who care for and treat people who are ill and sometimes have agonizing decisions to face
Those for whom treatment is not available or affordable
And for ourselves in our own weakness
To all your children everywhere,

God of grace,
bring healing,
bring peace.

Sending Song – My Lighthouse
Performed by the SOTH Worship Team

Blessing – (inspired by Psalm 67)
May God be gracious to us
And bless us
And make his face shine upon us

In the darkness that was
And the dawning that is
And the daylight that is to come

May we praise God today
And join the angels of heaven
And all of creation

In the name of the Father
And the Son
And the Spirit

Giving and Offering
Shepherd of the Hills is very blessed and grateful for your continued financial support during this difficult time of physical distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your giving allows us to continue to provide worship, support and outreach until it is safe to gather in person again. We realize that the pandemic has caused many financial challenges. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries.

There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.

Thank you again for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.  

A Call to Worship from Psalm 67 written by Joan Stott
Blessing written by Bill & Kristi Gaultiere